In November, a Tesla engineer bought a 2000 Jeep Cherokee but not long after it was purchased, it got stuck on a Tahoe road. With tow companies refusing to venture down the road in a blizzard, the Jeep was buried and has now been recovered five months later.
In March, the owner returned to the spot the Jeep had been buried with a friend with the intent of locating the vehicle using its panic button. They could hear the alarm faintly but would miss the target on several occasions. Finally, after hours of digging, they finally found the Jeep under 10 feet of snow.
The story illustrates how fast and furious the snow fell on the Tahoe area this winter. The anonymous Jeep owner shared photos with Jalopnik showing how fast the vehicle was buried:
When the owner returned and was finally able to locate the Jeep under the historic NorCal snowfall, they found the vehicle had sustained major damage with thousands of pounds of snow on top of it.
The process of locating and digging out the Jeep was long and arduous:
What a story! Can you imagine owning a vehicle buried in snow in Tahoe and knowing that historic snowfall was sending it deeper and deeper everyday?
This story shows the power of Mother Nature in the Sierra Nevada. Be sure to have a plan to get your car out of any situation and avoid driving on unplowed roads!
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine